8 | 12: Twelve Festive Moments

‘Tis Christmas day today with the year end drawing close. Indeed, the most wonderful time of the year.  Dampened only slightly by my anti-secular workplace, my Christmas is going rather well. I’m listening to holiday music on online radio, changing the wallpaper every hour and watching the Home Alone series at work! Ha! It’s been a good year – here is a little snapshot of the most wonderful revels this … Continue reading “8 | 12: Twelve Festive Moments”

7 | 12: Twelve Playlist Toppers

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” ― Aldous Huxley. Music is my solace. My friend. My consolation. It makes me weep. It lifts my spirits. Gives me hope. Rejuvenates. Without music and earplugs, I would be a very sad, wandering soul. Music is my anchor. It was near impossible to pick favourites, but these are the twelve that have  made a difference: Phir Le Aaya Dil … Continue reading “7 | 12: Twelve Playlist Toppers”

6 | 12: Twelve Random Entertaining Things I Did

Know those little moments which seem like so much fun while you’re in the swing. For a while, you think of them, talk about them, and with time, they vanish from your memory. Then another day, years later a random picture, a conversation or a little post-it in your diary remind you of them. These are mine, from 2012: Got together with the girls for Ladies Night at Cafe Morrison. … Continue reading “6 | 12: Twelve Random Entertaining Things I Did”

5 | 12: Twelve Tweeple

Twitter has increasingly become a significant part of social existence. From discovering breaking news to discussing meaningful things in 140 characters, it is a fabulous platform that has been a constructive vehicle to spend time in airports, waiting rooms and all those million other places where you’re bored to death. Like Gmail often says “Important, mainly because of the people in the conversation” – Twitter is fun because of some of the … Continue reading “5 | 12: Twelve Tweeple”

4 | 12: Twelve Places I Stepped In

I wouldn’t really say that this has been the most exciting of years from the travel point of view. Something I intend to make up for next year. But more on that later… Although I cannot be more thankful for my London trip this February and all the excitement that came with it. It was most certainly the highlight. But here is my list of twelve captivating places I visited … Continue reading “4 | 12: Twelve Places I Stepped In”

3 | 12: Twelve Favourite Blog Posts

The blog has increasingly become a very important part of who I am. Sometimes when I get to work, the first thing I do after opening Microsoft Outlook is log into Blogger.com to see whether there are new posts on my reader, and then I proceed to cheer myself with the fact that someone from Sweden visited The Orange Tree. Wonder what he/she was looking for. My blog is my … Continue reading “3 | 12: Twelve Favourite Blog Posts”

2 | 12: Twelve Epicurean Delights

Glorious food.  I eat when I’m happy. I eat when I’m not. Food is my panacea. Hence the immediate need to join a gymnasium.  I’ve experienced a lot of interesting cuisines this year. Here’s the roundup! Hummus. The original version. Essentially a Middle Eastern food dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Absolutely must-have accompaniment with fresh shawarma. Slurrrp. Panna cotta. … Continue reading “2 | 12: Twelve Epicurean Delights”

1 | 12: Twelve Firsts

To flag off my “12 for 12” posts, I was thinking of the first-time experiences I had this year.  Although I had scuba diving and watching a movie by myself in my last year’s list, 2012 has been different in a lot of ways – and here are my firsts: Witnessed my first ballet performance. I have always been enthralled by the lithe and precision  of this dance form and … Continue reading “1 | 12: Twelve Firsts”

12 for 12

So we’re at the end of 2012. I have almost nothing to do at work, as most of the clients are expatriates and have already departed to said homelands for the holidays. As has half the team. I’ve hence decided to constructively use my time writing twelve posts for each of the twelve days leading to the last day of the year. A look back at twenty-twelve. This has me … Continue reading “12 for 12”


It seems like only yesterday that I was home, in front of the television, wrapped in winter clothing with a hot pizza and an Absolut – celebrating the end of 2010 and bringing in 2011. The year has somehow flown past and it only recently struck me that I will no longer be able to upload pictures to the Facebook album ‘2011 – Part Deux’. I’m already facing problems with … Continue reading “Bienvenue!”